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An immigrant's American dreams and nightmares

Original post made on Oct 17, 2019

In her new memoir, National Public Radio tech correspondent Aarti Namdev Shahani focuses her journalistic gaze upon her own family,immigrants who came to America with expectations of prosperity.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 12:06 PM

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Posted by cheapguy
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 17, 2019 at 12:04 pm

Any other followup or later events you have ?

Look forward to attending to any event in Bay area in future.

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Posted by Independent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 17, 2019 at 11:54 pm

Interesting that her father went to Riker's prison (the one that Jeffrey Epstein went to) which is torturous for its inhumane conditions.

I don't think she should blame Trump. Obama and other presidents separated families, deported many, and carried out policies that Trump is being criticized for. The media is liberally biased and is waiting like a sniper to fire on anything. Why didn't Clinton, Bush, or Obama change the immigration policies? Why aren't Congress trying to change immigration policies now? Congress has done nothing for three years!

In addition, the author thinks that all immigrants deserve a chance? Look at what happened to Germany. Overrun by immigrants who are now unemployed criminals wrecking havoc. Certain countries have cultures with poor work ethic, some, such as hers, have good work ethic. The Asian countries seem to have immigrants who succeed. All immigrants aren't the same.

But the real shame are the entitled white, U.S.A. born homeless drug-addicts who expect government to bail them out and care for them.

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Posted by Independents
a resident of Green Acres
on Oct 18, 2019 at 9:45 am

Fellow Independent:

> Congress has done nothing for three years!

Not quite. The GOP controlled congress did nothing over two years (except a tax cut for billionaires and corporations.)

The current congress has offered many solutions to Trump, including billions for his silly border wall, but Trump snatched defeat from the jaws of victory and sat on his thumb (and the rest of his short fingers.)

Trump is the problem.

- "In January 2018, Mr. Trump met with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) for 90 minutes, with then-chief of staff John Kelly the only White House aide present. Mr. Schumer offered the president $25 billion over an unspecified period to be used for a border wall, paired with a path to citizenship for the young immigrants."

- "In February 2018, a bipartisan group of senators hashed out a compromise proposal that would have provided $25 billion for border security over 10 years, starting with a $2.5 billion installment last year.

It would also have enabled about 1.8 million young immigrants to become citizens over a 10-to-12-year timeline, but it sought to bar them from sponsoring their parents from citizenship. Lawmakers believed it could have passed the GOP-held Senate had Mr. Trump endorsed it, but he opposed it, saying it didn’t do enough to curb legal immigration."

- "Shortly before Christmas, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) brought a bill to the Senate floor that would have extended the government’s current funding through Feb. 8. Mr. McConnell said at the time that he was closely communicating with the White House and lawmakers expected Mr. Trump to sign it.

But after it passed the Senate, Mr. Trump appeared to change his mind and, encouraged by House Republicans, said the next day that he would veto it because it didn’t meet his demand for border-wall funding. The Senate bill would have extended current funding for the Homeland Security Department, including money for fencing, bollard barriers, levees and technology—but not a concrete barrier. Democrats say a sweeping spending bill that passed earlier last year included $1.3 billion for border security, while Republicans, counting slightly differently, say it included $1.57 billion."

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Both chambers also passed the “Bipartisan Humanitarian Aid Bill for the Southern Border” in June.

Trump won't accept most bipartisan solutions because he needs to amp up the fringe base at his ego-soothing rallies (Mexico will pay for the wall that stops rapists and murderers!)

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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 19, 2019 at 2:40 pm

Resident 1-Adobe Meadows is a registered user.

We keep reading about talented immigrants who come and are successful. Then write a book to tell everyone about their travels. It is like they are now capitalizing on their immigration status. I keep wondering why they did not apply the same talent to helping their native country to emerge into the 20th century. We are now trying to make each country whole and working for their residents. Each country needs to elect a president who is something other than a chair warmer who goes to NATO and UN Meetings to participate with other chair warmers. That is the difference between nationalism and globalism. At some point each individual country needs to step up to the plate and provide the required basic human requirements. And that is what talented people should be doing - working those issues within their countries.

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Posted by Independents
a resident of Green Acres
on Oct 19, 2019 at 4:39 pm

> We are now trying to make each country whole and working for their residents

Huh? China? Cuba? India? The Philippines? Vietnam?

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